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Photo of sunbeams coming up from a snowy mountain in northern Norway

September 20th, 2007 · 17 Comments

Close up photo of aspen leaves with autumn colors
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera January 20th 2007. Click image for larger view.

In this photo you can see sunbeams coming up from a mountain. It is the only time I have seen sunbeams shine the “wrong” way and I was wondering what was hiding behind those mountains.
As you can see by all the snow in the mountain, this picture was taken back in January (actually 3 days after I got my sweet camera) and at this time of the year we have no sun up here in northern Norway.

The days are not totally dark (referred to as Polar night) as we have twilight in the middle of the day, but the sun is gone for several months.
When the sun comes back in the end of January we use to celebrate and think about warmer times that includes midnight sun.

Do you think you could live in a place where there is no sunshine for several months?

For other pictures of the same mountain check this one and this one.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/4.1
Focal Length: 104 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Landscape · Mountain · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Scenery · Sky · Snow · Sunbeam · Sunrays · Winter

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 steve // Sep 20, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Beautiful photo. This one would make a great desktop wallpaper – love the colors and the way mountains “stand out”. It’s almost like a 3D picture…awesome!

  • 2 E: Olsen // Sep 20, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Flott bilde av et naturfenomen

  • 3 sciura pina // Sep 20, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Fantastica foto

  • 4 Josef // Sep 20, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Sweet shot and beautiful colors here

  • 5 Nate Balcom // Sep 20, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Love the pic. The sunbeams hanging on the orange sky are fantastic. Hey is there a way I can sign up for a membership to your blog? I don’t see a sign up anywhere. Keep up the good work.

  • 6 Thomas Laupstad // Sep 20, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Steve: Been thinking about making a site for downloads 😉

    Mr Olsen: Takk kommentaren og besøket. Jeg leser bloggen din i RSS readern. Skal bli flinkere å kommentere!

    Sciura and Josef: Thanks 🙂

    Nate: Here is a link to sign up http://thomaslaupstad.com/blog/wp-login.php?action=register
    Whats the benefit of signing up?

  • 7 steve // Sep 20, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Download site sounds like a cool idea. Would be a great project for you to work on 🙂

  • 8 Nate Balcom // Sep 20, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    We’ll I just like to sign up for the sites I like. That and when I log into your site I don’t have to fill out my personal info when I comment. Thanks

  • 9 Daisy // Sep 20, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Beautiful and kind of mysterious too. Maybe because it is so foreign and different from where I live (in south Florida).

  • 10 CurlyToes // Sep 21, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    It’s a lovely photo, Thomas. It looks quite apocalyptic. It must be quite strange having so little sun for so long; I can imagine why you would celebrate the return of the sun.

  • 11 Mark // Sep 21, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Thomas,
    Fantastic image, with regards to living in a place with no daylight for months, then |I would say no I couldn’t,I think I would go off my head.

    Cheers Mark

  • 12 Claire // Sep 21, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    This is a wonderful shot 🙂

    I was thinking about whether i could live in a place with no sunshine for so long, at first i thought no way! Then i realised i could just blog till the sun came out 🙂

  • 13 cheh // Sep 23, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Remarkable capture!thanks for sharing!

  • 14 Nicole // Sep 23, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Very expresive photos … it’s a wonder for my eyes … love them! Great work…

  • 15 James - Visualized.Feel.Abundance // Sep 24, 2007 at 2:25 am

    I have only seen sun beams through cloud cover but never one like this. Awesome 🙂

  • 16 Ely // Sep 25, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Great shot! BREATHTAKING! I wonder why you described it as “coming up the wrong way”…

  • 17 EIvind Krey Hanssen // Sep 28, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Very nice i must say! WHat is the specs on your lens, if i may ask?

    Best regards,

    Eivind Krey Hanssen